Women's Indoor - Centre Of Excellence



VA seeks to establish a Centre of Excellence in Women’s Indoor Volleyball to be the home of the National Team (the Volleyroos) and the Centre of Excellence for the development of the most talented female players aspiring to be selected in the Volleyroos. It would be conducted under the same model as the VA Centre of Excellence for Men’s Indoor Volleyball, based at the AIS in Canberra. The Centre of Excellence would be a partnership between VA, the relevant State Volleyball Association, and a third party host/provider.

VA is seeking Expressions of Interest from various organisations and bodies who may be interested in hosting the Centre of Excellence.

More information can be found here.

Volleyball stars of future head to Canberra



Volleyball teams from all over Australasia will converge on Canberra this week for the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships, with Queensland looking to continue its domination of the 26-year-old event.

A total of 43 teams, including from New Zealand, will compete in U17 Challenger and Champions, and U19 Champions divisions.

Teams from Queensland have won the coveted Presidents Cup title in eight of the past nine years.

Victoria broke Queensland’s domination in 2012.

Several former and current Australian Olympians have played at the Australian Championships, and this year’s event is once again expected to unearth stars of the future.

This will be the third year the Championships will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport, the home of the Volleyroos.

Matches start on Monday, September 28, with the finals on Saturday, October 3.

Young guns prepare for run on Rio



Australia’s U23 beach volleyball world champions, Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, make their long awaited return to international competition this week as they prepare themselves for an Olympic qualification battle next year.

Laird and del Solar will compete at the Xiamen Open in China, their first major competition since the beach volleyball World Championships in July.

“We’re feeling excited to be on the tour again,” Laird said.

“We’ve been working really hard since our last tour on making gains in the areas of our game which we found to be the farthest behind the best in the world.

“We were lucky to come up against some of the world’s best towards the end of the World Champs, and that’s when we played some of our best volleyball. It gave us the opportunity to see what needed the most work.”

With Australian top seeds, Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, almost guaranteed qualification for the Rio Olympics, it leaves the door open for del Solar and Laird to qualify through the Asian Continental zone.

“We are a team of high expectations, and always aiming for international standards in everything we do,” del Solar said.

“Therefore we are going for a podium finish here in Xiamen. We’ve had a good preparation in the last two months and we are ready to jump back on the sand and compete again.”

Laird and del Solar will go straight into the main draw in Xiamen, while another Australian team, sisters Jordan and Justine Mowen, will have to win their way through the qualification tournament.

James Blunt has sold nearly 17 million albums and 20 million singles, and is sure to have the AIS crowd in full voice ahead of the Volleyroos first FIVB World League match on home soil. 

He has released four number one singles, including “You’re Beautiful”, and “Goodbye My Lover”. 

Currently in Australia as part of his Moon Landing 2014 World Tour, James Blunt is expected to perform his single ‘Bonfire Heart’ to the delight of the volleyball fans. 

Fans will get to see James Blunt perform for the cost of a ticket to the volleyball. 

Volleyball Australia President, Craig Carracher, was thrilled James Blunt had agreed to perform and said his appearance underlined the importance and the standing of the weekend. 

“We are delighted and excited he accepted our invitation as we are repositioning the sport of Volleyball as world class entertainment within Australia. There could have not been a better fit.” 

The Volleyroos are back in the World League after a 15-year absence, and will be keen to improve on their double loss on the road to Belgium last weekend. 

Capacity crowds at both Belgian venues helped lift the home side to victory, and Carracher is hopeful Australian crowds will be equally supportive. 

“As we host our first World League game in Australia, it was imperative to make a statement on the significance of this event. James Blunt’s performance is that statement. A performance from his World Tour at the World League.” 

Australia will play Finland on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, at Canberra’s AIS Arena. 

Tickets are available from Ticketek. 




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